E. F. Benson (1867-1940) was born at Wellington College in Berkshire, where his father, who later went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury, was the first Headmaster. He wrote 105 books in all.
Queen Lucia (first published in 1920) was the first of Benson’s ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels of which there were six. This first book is a comedy of manners based in the provincial village of Riseholme, where Emmeline Lucas (the Queen Lucia of the title) presides over the social and artistic universe of the gullible residents. Her aide-de-camp in these matters is the somewhat effete Georgie Pillson and the chief competitor for her ‘crown’ is Daisy Quantock. The scandal of the Guru, the psychical goings on with Princess Popoffski and the arrival into the sleepy village of a famous Prima Donna all conspire to threaten her supremacy… (summary by Martin Clifton)
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April 2, 2014 Subject:
Martin Clifton did an outstanding job reading this wonderful story. E.F. Benson gently pokes fun at the foibles of a small community and its social and cultural conventions, and as we laugh we are reminded that kindness to our neighbor is the one thing that really matters.
I have to confess that the first chapter initially seemed a bit tedious and full of pointless details. Don't let that fool you--the characters very quickly come to life in the details, and that is also where a lot of the humor is hidden.
December 31, 2013 Subject:
Such an enjoyable story and the reader really made the story one to listen to rather than read.
March 27, 2013 Subject:
Wonderful story, great read
Hooray for the narrator! He did a great job! Loved his interpretation of the story.. Well done!
September 24, 2012 Subject:
Thanks for the introduction to Queen Lucia
Thanks for a very enjoyable reading; I too would love to hear more of these stories.
August 29, 2012 Subject:
This is a pearl in the Librivox collection. It is a great story, and the narrator really brings out the best of it with his excellent accents and dialogue.
July 19, 2009 Subject:
Martin Clifton is one of my favorite readers, and he did a fantastic job with this book. I was sad when it came to an end, and only hope he does the others in the series.